3 Affordable, Screen-Free Toys that will Entertain Your Preschooler for Hours

Have you gotten in a toy rut where you buy your kiddos a toy and they play with it for about 5 seconds once you get home from the store? That is the worst! Not only do you have another toy to add to the overflowing toy bin but it’s also like lighting your money on fire. I have a 4-year old and a 5-year old and it can be a challenge to find an activity they are both interested in. My 5-year old loves legos and my 4-year old could care less about legos! Let me tell you, this causes a lot of arguments in the Target toy aisle. I was on a mission to find a few toys my boys would both be interested in, without breaking the bank. The three toys listed below have entertained my kids for hours without having to turn an I-Pad or cartoon. My boys can play with these toys by themselves if I need to get some chores done and they are also fun for me to join in when I have a few minutes of down time. Check them out below.

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Creativity for Kids Sensory Bin: Ocean and Sand – Fine Motor and Sensory Toys for Kids

My boys have absolutely loved this sensory bin. One side of the bin is filled with sand and the other with water beads. Included in the kit are digging toys and plastic sea animals included in the kit. When you open the package you will need to soak the water beads for a few hours for them to expand and fill with water. Other than that, it will be ready to go and easy to assemble. Not only will this keep your preschooler busy but it will also build fine motor skills and promote sensory development. Once I got the bin ready, the boys played with the sensory bin for a few hours and consistently asked to play with it for weeks. It is a great activity for them to play together and also individually. Perfect for boys and girls. Best part, you can get it on Amazon prime!

Wiggle Car Ride On Toy

Wiggle Car Ride On Toy – No Batteries, Gears or Pedals – Twist, Swivel, Go – Outdoor Ride Ons for Kids 3 Years and Up by Lil’ Rider (Red)

This thing is awesome! I recently visited my friend, Breanne, and her kids were zipping around these things like crazy. Although it was snowy outside, her kids were able to get their cooped up energy burnt off by rolling through the house. I’m not gonna lie, I ordered one of these the moment I got home. They can be used in the winter indoors, and in the summertime zooming down the side walk. It is ideal if you have hard floors if you are using indoors, it would be hard to maneuver around on carpet. These are a great way to spend some time movin’ around after being indoors for too long. Click the link below to check it out.


We’ve all heard of the board game Trouble but have you played it recently? Especially with your kids? It is a blast! Not only that, it is great for practice with numbers and counting. My 5-year old begs us to play as a family everyday. He honestly can’t get enough of it. Another bonus, there are not a lot of parts, it is easy to clean up, and easy to store. Trouble has kept our family entertained for weeks. Not only is it fun for our kids, it is fun for Ray and I, too. As soon as we accidentally break the bubble in the middle, we will be buying a new one! Click the link below to check it out.


We have spent so much money on toys that our kiddos use just once or twice. You won’t have that issue with the toys listed above. If you are looking for an activity that will entertain your kiddos without screens, you’ll love these. Not only will they stretch your preschoolers mind and encourage learning, they will also provide movement and exercise. Great for parents who need entertainment for kids to catch up on a few chores or fun for the whole family to join in on. Hope you have a chance to check them out!

Check out my blog, Joanna Gaines’ Advice for Curbing Phone Use Amongst Kids.



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